ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The combat over whether or not smoking must be prohibited in Atlantic Town’s casinos heated up Thursday, with a big industry staff opposing a ban, and a public well being company resigning from the industry staff in protest.
The Higher Atlantic Town Chamber mentioned efforts to prohibit smoking within the casinos must be dropped, caution it could price jobs and harm native companies.
“A smoking ban would have a unfavourable have an effect on at the on line casino business, leading to vital process losses (and) decline in revenues, which in flip would harm native companies and distributors that depend at the business for his or her financial livelihood,” mentioned Michael Chait, the crowd’s president. “We acknowledge the troubles of on line casino staff who make stronger a smoking ban, however we additionally will have to understand that 1000’s of staff and their households might be impacted by means of misplaced jobs if a ban is handed.”
According to that commentary, Atlantic Prevention Assets, which offers with substance abuse in and close to Atlantic Town, resigned from the chamber on Thursday.
“We extremely price our club within the Higher A.C. Chamber, however as a public well being company we can’t proceed to be participants of a company that puts monetary pursuits above well being,” its govt director, Bob Zlotnick, mentioned. “As a member of the area people, we’d stand to be impacted by means of any loss in native industry, however we can’t in excellent sense of right and wrong put a ticket at the well being of our households and neighbors.”